Danville school board to hear about foundation's efforts

DANVILLE – Last year, the Danville Public School Foundation was able to provide more than $30,000 in programs and grants to enhance students' educational experiences.

Sleep technologist program to begin

CHAMPAIGN – Are you a night owl with an interest in health care?

If so, you might be interested in a career as a sleep technologist.

This fall, Parkland College is launching a training program for sleep technologists, also called polysomnographic technologists. Instruction starts in mid-September and concludes in late October.

DACC to present proposed balanced budget

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College officials on Tuesday will unveil a proposed balanced budget for the 2011 fiscal year.

Oakwood elementary students, staff proud of scores

OAKWOOD – Oakwood Elementary School students and staff are cheering the school's latest standardized test scores.

After failing to make adequate yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind law for two years in a row, last year's scores show the school met the tougher state learning standards in 2010.

Rankin fires its part-time police chief in 5-1 vote

RANKIN – The Rankin Village Board voted 5-1 Thursday night to fire the village's part-time police chief, Chris White, despite the threat of lawsuits from White's private attorney.

Teachers have fun celebrating Oakwood test scores

OAKWOOD – Oh, what some teachers won't do to get their students to do well on their high-stakes state testing.

Parkland student services open Saturday as make-up

CHAMPAIGN – The cashier's office at Parkland College will be open on a Saturday for the first time ever after a power outage wiped out the Friday business day.

With classes starting Monday, student services at Parkland College were not available all Friday because of the outage that began on Thursday night.

Champaign schools' FOIA denial draws review

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district has denied a request by The News-Gazette for a copy of a complaint made against Superintendent Arthur Culver, and the public access counselor of the Illinois attorney general's office is now reviewing that denial.

Tentative agreement in Mahomet-Seymour strike

Mahomet Citizen Editor

MAHOMET — The Mahomet-Seymour school district and its teachers’ union have reached a tentative agreement, according to the union.

Mahomet-Seymour strike continues; talks set for 1 p.m.

MAHOMET Mahomet-Seymour teachers resumed picketing at 7 a.m. Friday at Middletown Early Childhood Center and Sangamon Elementary School in Mahomet. Negotiations will continue at 1 p.m. Friday at Mahomet-Seymour High School.